LOUISVILLE, KY – Sakatoga Stable’s promising 3-year-old colt Tiz the Law, who scored a three-length victory in last Saturday’s $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) was made the 8-1 individual morning line favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) but “All Other 3-Year-olds” is expected to be the overall preference when betting concludes Sunday.
Veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia has installed “All Other 3-Year-Olds” as the 5-2 early choice in the field of 24 betting interests for the three-day pool, which opens Friday at noon (all times Eastern) and concludes Sunday at 6 p.m. The pari-mutuel field for the first pool of the New Year has closed as the bettors’ choice every year since the wager was inaugurated in 1999, and the final odds were 5-2 each of the last five years.
Tiz the Law, campaigned by the same team who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide, garnered much attention as a 2-year-old following his impressive four-length victory in the $500,000 Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park. The colt by Constitution closed as the individual betting favorite in Pool 1 of the KDFW at odds of 11-1.
Also expected to take money in Pool 2 is Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Robert and Kathleen Verratti’s undefeated colt Independence Hall (10-1), who is scheduled to make his next start in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. The highly-regarded colt captured the $150,000 Jerome (Listed) and $150,000 Nashua (G3) in his two previous starts.
Five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert has a trio of contenders in Pool 2: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding and Golconda Stables’ striking 7 ¼-length Sham (G3) winner Authentic (30-1); George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen’s eye-catching maiden winner Nadal (12-1); and Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s undefeated colt Thousand Words (15-1), who captured the $100,000 Robert B. Lewis (G3) last Saturday at Santa Anita.
Here’s the complete Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 field (with morning line odds):
|#||HORSE NAME||ML ODDS||FINAL ODDS||GROSS WIN POOL||FINAL $ ODDS||$2 PAYOFF|
|10||Honor A. P.||30||24||$14,043.00||24.80||$51.60|
|18||Storm the Court||30||30||$11,453.25||30.60||$63.20|
|22||Tiz the Law||8||8||$36,781.75||8.80||$19.60|
|24||Mutuel Field (All Others)||5/2||2||$116,892.50||2.10||$6.20|
The Kentucky Derby Future Wagers, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, provide fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race. The 146th running of Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race and the first leg of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.
More information and real-time odds are available online at www.kentuckyderby.com/futurewager. Dates for the remaining 2020 Kentucky Derby future pools are March 6-8 (Pool 3) and April 3-5 (Pool 4). The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.